GOIN' DOWN SLOW

Live 13 Jan 1970 version


I feel you breathin' real low
I feel your heart beatin', well a beatin' real slow
Well I oughta be leavin', but mama you got it so I just can't get up and go
Well this makes us even, makes us even woman now that you know
Woman you know
Well I set the fire and you're the first to go
It's getting higher and I'm gonna watch
I watch it goin' down slow
Said I'm gonna get up and watch it goin' down slow

I said woman you made the thorns and projections
And she comes with a long long list, mass of directions
Any man is full, full of bloody dissections
And she leaves behind a body of long long list of human rejections
Yes she does
Whoa she does
Yeah she does
Well I set the fire and you're the first to go
It's getting higher and I wanna yeah
I wanna watch it goin' down slow
You're gonna see me watch it goin' down slow

Well I feel you breathin' real low
I feel your heart beatin', baby beatin' woman so slow
Well I oughta be leavin', woman got herself a man can't go
This makes us even, this makes us even, wo-woman you know
???, ???, ??? yeah
Come and get it
Well she's the best little woman I ever seen around
Just the kind of little woman that puts'em down
The finest little woman in the whole damn town, and the prettiest thing I've seen
I'm goin' down
She come and goin' down
She come and goin' down
I never wanna see this town, whoa
Yeah whoa, gypsy woman got that spell on me
Well I saw it, gypsy woman got a spell on me
Oh I know she get it higher, ohhh

I set the fire and you're the first to go
It's getting higher and I watch
I watch it movin' down slow
Well I watch it, watch it goin' down, I said goin' slow

Goin' down slow
Goin' down slow
Goin' down slow
Goin' down slow


Info

GOIN' DOWN SLOW is a song written by Bruce Springsteen. He performed it with his early bands Child and Steel Mill.

Live 13 Jan 1970 version

The above lyrics are for the live 13 Jan 1970 performance of GOIN' DOWN SLOW at The Matrix in San Francisco, CA, with Steel Mill.

The 13 Jan 1970 Show

Steel Mill performed a series of concerts in January and February 1970 at The Matrix, opening for Boz Scaggs or The Elvin Bishop Band. On one of the know dates of these concerts, 13 Jan 1970, scheduled headliner Boz Scaggs cancelled due to illness and Steel Mill became the sole act on the bill. This show was attended by critic Philip Elwood who turned up intending to review Scaggs but ended up writing a highly favorable review of Steel Mill that appeared in the 14 Jan 1970 edition of The San Francisco Examiner. And excellent-quality soundboard recording from one of the California gigs is in circulation and has been released on several mainstream bootlegs. The audio very likely (but not absolutely certain) emanates from this 13 Jan 1970 show, as it seems to correspond closely to details noted in Elwood's article.

  1. THE WAR IS OVER
  2. LADY WALKING DOWN BY THE RIVER
  3. JEANNIE I WANT TO THANK YOU
  4. AMERICA UNDER FIRE - AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
  5. HE'S GUILTY (THE JUDGE SONG)
  6. THE TRAIN SONG
  7. GOIN' DOWN SLOW

The 13 Jan 1970 show in San Francisco, CA (minus GOIN' DOWN SLOW) was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- Rockin' Roots Of Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Rockin' Roots Of Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Laser Media (LM 9883) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 13 Jan 1970 show in San Francisco, CA, and the 15 May 1971 show in Union, NJ.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ultimate Roots Of Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ultimate Roots Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Laser Media (LM 5004) - UK, 2016

This release contains the 13 Jan 1970 show in San Francisco, CA.

Live History

GOIN' DOWN SLOW is known to have been performed at least 3 times in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972). Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates.

  1. 20 Sep 1969 at Free University, Richmond, VA (with Child)
  2. 13 Jan 1970 at The Matrix, San Francisco, CA (with Steel Mill)
  3. 18 Apr 1970 at Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (with Steel Mill)

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's GOIN' DOWN SLOW.

References

Much of the above info about the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

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